I visited the Natural History Museum (Naturhistoriska) yesterday with my friend, Daniel Luther who is also an enthusiastic watercolour artist.
The museum is a great place to come and practice sketching during the winter months here in Stockholm. It’s -5 degrees outside and snowing at the moment so not great weather for plein air painting.
I chose to paint a swan first. When I opened my palette I discovered that red paint had leaked out into the mixing area, so I decided to us it as a background to the swan. It’s pretty dramatic but I like it 🙂
The duck sketch is definitely influenced by the famous Swedish watercolour artist, Lars Lerin. He has been to the museum in the past but I do not know if he actually sketched at the museum or just took reference photos. Does anyone out there know? Anyway, this sketch is homage to his style of painting.
It was a great day, I really should sketch away from the studio more often.